Arizona turner and instructor, Jason Clark was  in Spokane for a day long demonstration for us on Saturday, April 30, with hands-on classes on Sunday, May 1st and MONDAY, May 2nd.   All that turned out, regardless of turning experience learned something new and VERY USEFUL !  Look forward to seeing some of this type of work at the Show and Tell Table in the next meetings.  Here are some pictures:





See the PDF on Multiaxis Spindle Turning in the MEMBERS ONLY section 


Look forward also to more information on the visit of woodturning legend Stuart Batty on October 8-10!

We are thrilled to be able to bring world class demonstrators to the Inland Northwest !

Our very own Pat Hickey appeared on the news, see him helping at the Vets Garage mentoring vets on woodturning!  The Inland Northwest Woodturners have helped the Vets Garage by donating a lathe, equipment and tools but they need woodturners to show vets how to use them!  Ask Pat Hickey for details.

NEXT CLUB MEETINGJune 2nd, 6:30 PM at WoodCraft on Sullivan in the Valley.  SESSION WILL BE:  Frank Hutchison presenting sights from the Utah Woodturning Symposium and demonstrating making specialty chucks and a burning wire set.  Why buy expense chucks and accessories when you can make them!  Come and see the secrets!

MAY 21, 2016:  The  "3rd Saturday -- at Riverview "  Riverview Retirement Community Workshop. MAY 21st and will be a turning session for BEGINNER TURNERS.  There was a great turn out in March and all are welcome back to continue to improve their skills.  Novice turners welcome !  Coordinator: Ron Gooley and Tommy John.  Please express your interest and suggestions for topic or techniques to Ron Gooley.  ALSO: always check this web site for any other announcements regarding the Saturday sessions at Riverview.   Location:  1711 E. Ross Ct. -- 9:00 AM to approx 3PM. 

SEPTEMBER 23, 24, 25, 2016: SPECIAL INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SPOKANE WOODCARVERS CLUB ANNUAL BIG SHOW  !!!  The local woodcarvers hold an annual show, sale and competition every September at the Salvation Army campus (huge gym building and rec center).  We are invited to participate and they will have a special competition category for turned work this year.  We would like to provide HANDS ON DEMONSTRATIONS on one of our MIDI LATHES at the show.  This has been very well received in the past.  We are asking MEMBERS (not the Board) to volunteer to demonstrate simple turning technique (just turn away on a spindle or bowl, nothing earth shaking needed !!!) for several hours every day of the show.  Volunteers should contact PAT HICKEY at  patrico3808@gmail.com.  We will confirm scheduled hours and individual schedules later in the summer.

MEMBERS: after you sign in, please go to "MY ACCOUNT" and then to "MY PROFILE" and start to fill in some information.  You can make the information available to other members or hidden in most all fields.  You can add an avatar (picture of yourself or your dog) and personal statements on turning/artist' s biography, etc.  To date there are very few completed profiles and even fewer avatars, let alone galleries of pictures of completed turnings.  These are easy completions and will not take much of your time.  If you mess anything up, we can easily rebuild your empty profile !  Take a plunge and get-r-done !

Carl's TREASURER'S MESSAGE:  THANKS TO THOSE THAT HAVE PAID THEIR RENEWAL DUES !!!!  Dues are due annually at the beginning of each New Year.  Dues REMAIN at $30.00 per year.  Student memberships are free.  PLEASE renew your membership as soon as possible by check to Inland Northwest Woodturners, cash to Carl at a meeting, or credit card via our card reader with Carl at a meeting.  Your memberships are vital to the success of our club, and even more so, your participation ! New memberships are always welcome !  New memberships are prorated for the amount of 2016 remaining at time of membership and expire end of year like all renewing members.


The new AV/lathe cage set up at WoodCraft is working GREAT!. Big thanks to Rosemary and Nick for allowing us to put this installation in their classroom. Your club dues are being put to good use ! 

Rob Kroft, a new member, has stepped up to the plate !  Yahoo says Carl !!!!  Rob will be "in training" for a couple meetings, so don't give him a hard time YET !  

AV is super important to the meetings, as it adds visuals and better sound to everyone's experience of the demo's.  Some effort will be made to relocate the "tailstock" view to get a better visual on the actual tool cutting action.  With demonstrators of all different heights and sizes, this will be some trial and error for now.  Constructive ideas welcome to Rob or Carl.  Destructive ideas should be addressed to Carl's dog, Sheba.

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Everyone is welcome to attend the lunch Board meetings, held on the third Thursday of each month at 11:30 AM.  Please talk to any of the Board for details.  We really would love to see members step up to the plate and support their Club with sweat equity.  The present meeting location is Frankee Doodles just East of Division on 3rd Ave.  Good food and great service !  Come on down !!!

Tree Falls:  If anyone has, or knows of some good turning trees that are down and could be harvested, let any Board member know and we will look into it for a Club Cutting.

Important Safety Considerations for future cuttings: All attendees are asked to wear eye and ear protection since several chainsaws will be in use. If you have not done so already, you will also be asked to sign a waiver in order to participate. Those members who have attended the chainsaw training sessions are invited to operate saws. Future harvests will be planned to include brief Chain Saw Safety training sessions for those that want to participate. Of interest see this great Chaps demo by Ask This Old House !

HOW DO I SAFELY Fell a tree?  This video is a must watch !





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